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How a Female VP of Operations Gets It Done

Vivy Chao | Posted 03.29.2014 | Business
Vivy Chao

Parents can't force their children to have certain interests. Instead, parents should spend quality time with their children and understand what their natural talents are and encourage them to play, which in turn can increase creativity.

Your Face Here: Pixlee Posts Your Tagged Photos to Big Brands' Website

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.26.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

Kyle Wong is the cofounder and CEO of Pixlee, a tech company that leverages the trove of visual brand endorsements available on the web today. The st...

In Defense of the 'Dumbest Idea in the World'

Gerard Bush | Posted 03.26.2014 | Miami
Gerard Bush

Mr. Mayor, I'm not asking you to abandon the idea that beaches and tourism are vital for Miami Beach -- they are, and that is obvious. However, I encourage you to think beyond what is right in front of you and instead envision a city that can actually usher in a new era that includes tech start-ups and innovation.

Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster-Part 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank | Posted 03.26.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. Over the years Dino an...

The Power of Disruptive Innovation

Rina Onur | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Rina Onur

Even if we fail in games," we said, "You'll have learned skills that will enable you to succeed in something else."

Sorry Scoble, Wearables Are Not Doomed

Richie Etwaru | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Richie Etwaru

Given my recent Google Glass experience, and Google's announcement of the smart contact lenses, I interviewed Tim Moore the founder and CEO of Ventur...

Gender Differences in Coding Courses? Looking at the Numbers

Darrell Silver | Posted 03.24.2014 | Technology
Darrell Silver

Our study of women learning to code at Thinkful concludes there's simply no difference in the performance of men versus women among adult learners. We do, however, find enormous differences in the ratio of women versus men who enroll in coding classes.

Running a Business, Parenting and Enjoying the Holidays

Jenviev Azzolin | Posted 03.24.2014 | Small Business
Jenviev Azzolin

With the chaos of the holidays and CES (Consumer Electronics Show) now behind us, I took some time to reflect on what a crazy year it has been. As the...

Professional Services as Business Training

Andrew_Yang | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Andrew_Yang

We're breeding large battalions of indifferent professionals in a handful of cities, when what we need is something very different. We need committed builders.

Early-stage Regional Venture Funds-Part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. Over the years Dino an...

The 5 Ways Most Startup Tech Companies Fail

Jose Vasquez | Posted 03.23.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

I'd be lying if I said building a startup tech company wasn't an uphill battle. It takes a lot of time and effort to succeed. But if you pay attention to the basic principles of solid business management and avoid the common failure points, you'll be in a far better position than most.

10 Ways to Winning in 2014: An Entrepreneurs' Guide to Startup Success

Melissa Thompson | Posted 03.23.2014 | Small Business
Melissa Thompson

2014 will be a formative year for new business owners and early-stage entrepreneurs. For those would-be entrepreneurs debating the startup leap? There is no time like the present.

This Is Why I'm Not Presenting at Launch and It Has Nothing to Do With Gender

Lili Balfour | Posted 03.23.2014 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

I am not criticizing how Launch is run. I have never been involved in organizing a conference, but I imagine there is a lot of overhead to cover. I am simply explaining why I won't be there before someone makes it about my gender.

Analyze The ROI Of Your Innovation Idea, Step By Step

Bobby Grajewski | Posted 03.23.2014 | Small Business
Bobby Grajewski

In our experience, those who view their invention as a business opportunity (and keep their emotional attachment to their idea out of the equation) are the most successful.

Why Women Should Rethink the Bodysuit

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 01.20.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

By T.C. Daniel, Bradamant I have always been a bit of a Rabble Rouser, so it doesn't surprise me that my Shopify business is built on two revol...

Bigger in Bend - Building a Regional Startup Cluster-part 1 of 3

Steve Blank | Posted 03.22.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

When Customer Development and the Lean Startup were just a sketch on the napkin, Dino Vendetti, a VC at Bay Partners, was one of the first venture cap...

Why Silicon Valley Should Write Chile a Much Deserved Thank You Note

Patrick McGinnis | Posted 03.20.2014 | Technology
Patrick McGinnis

Specifically with respect to innovation, Chile has abandoned its old spot in the innovation wasteland and is now known as a growing global hub for entrepreneurship.

You've Been Telling Time Wrong

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 03.19.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

By Ben Klinger, Studio Ve We've decided to reinvent the clock. Our series of wall clocks, sold on our Shopify store, are more like art installati...

When High School Meets Entrepreneurship: From Temp-changing Pillows to GPS Walking Canes, These Young Inventors Compete for NFTE First Place

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.19.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Thirty students competed--with operating businesses and business ideas as diverse as Afghani restaurants to GPS-laden walking canes to college application websites to heating and cooling pillows.

Message to CIOs, Stop Hogging Innovation: It's the Business of Everyone in the C-Suite

Richie Etwaru | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Richie Etwaru

Real innovation isn't in a job description or new title, it's a way of life.

Innovating for Equity

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Elisa Villanueva Beard

Social Entrepreneurs get their start by pitching new solutions to people who can help them turn their ideas into action. Alejandro Gac-Artigas '09 is ...

What Are the Biggest Payment Trends of 2014?

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 03.17.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

By Bob Angus, PayPal How customers want to pay is going through dramatic change. Just think about how you shopped this past holiday season. Inno...

The Merits Of Risk-Taking In Business (And Life)

Raaja Nemani | Posted 03.17.2014 | Small Business
Raaja Nemani

In an age in which information is readily accessible to everyone and there are thousands of companies in the exact same industry as you, taking a risk is one of the simpler ways to differentiate yourself. Taking risks challenges you to think differently and to solve new problems, which in turn affect every single decision you make for your business.

How to Hack Agility to Help Scale Your Company

Brian Honigman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Brian Honigman

Growing your company to the next level in its evolution is possible only if your team is willing and able to properly hack agility and reap its benefits.

14-Year-Old Girl Successfully Launches Adorable Pillow Startup

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 03.16.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

By Sydney Loew, Poketti I never thought that I would design, manufacture, and sell a stuffed animal on Shopify, especially at age fourteen. I att...